HERTFORDSHIRE: HDA17 Launched With Nimbus And Entry Is Now Open

Entry for the Hertfordshire Digital Awards 2017 is now open.

The third HDAs is set to be the biggest yet, following the sold-out event in September.

Nimbus Hosting returns as Headline Sponsor of the scheme, which was set-up in 2015 to celebrate the online achievements of businesses, charities and schools from across the county.

Also backing the HDAs once again are the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce, Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, the UK Government’s Department For International Trade, Hertfordshire Mercury and Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council.

The Awards is open to businesses from every industry sector and digital agencies are allowed to enter work for clients, even is the client is based outside of the county.

There are 15 categories to enter including Website, Use of Social Media for Business, Mobile App, Use of Video for Business and Blog.

Nimbus Hosting – which will present the Website award at the Presentation Evening – is a dynamic IT firm which specialises in offering web hosting services to the digital agencies and commerce sites.

It supports clients across the UK from its headquarters in Hertford and one of the company’s missions is to allow digital professionals to focus on core projects rather than dealing with “hosting headaches” and the, often, complex details of IT.

Robin Bailey, Chairman of the independent HDA Judging Panel, said: “We are delighted to welcome Nimbus Hosting, a highly credible and very success Hertfordshire firm and big friend of the Awards back to the HDAs.

“And we are equally excited to open entry for the HDAs once again.

“We received hundreds of high quality entries in 2016 and we cannot wait to share and celebrate the best in what Hertfordshire has to offer on digital platforms.”

The HDA17 Presentation Evening will take place at Knebworth House on September 21, 2017.

To enter the Hertfordshire Digital Awards for free click

For more information about Nimbus Hosting click

HERTFORDSHIRE: Bishop’s Stortford College Double Up On Gold Awards

Following the Hertfordshire Digital Awards on 23 September, we spoke to Sarah Gowans, Marketing Manager at Bishop’s Stortford College – who won two Gold awards, for Website and Website: School, Education or Charity.

Could you tell us a little about your organisation?
We are an independent day and boarding school for 4 – 18 years olds. We are consistently in the top 100 independent schools based on A Level results but the breadth of experience that is woven into daily life means that pupils can and do pursue high academic standards whilst enjoying and succeeding in many other interests.

What made you get involved in the HDAs?
We saw an ad and filled in the entry form. Our website was new and only launched in October last year and we’re very proud of it – it’s our shop window to the world.

What does winning gold at the HDAs mean to your organisation?
It’s a tremendous accolade and a reflection that not all the good work goes on in the classroom!

Where will you be putting your award?
One will be put into our main reception and the other into the Prep School Reception area.

What was your most memorable moment from the HDA presentation evening?
Not falling up the stairs onto the stage was certainly an achievement and one I’m very relieved about too!

What’s the best thing about the Hertfordshire business community?
We try to use local suppliers and support our local business community wherever we can so to have a wealth of digital talent on our doorstep is not only valuable but stimulating too.

You can visit the Bishop’s Stortford College website here.

HERTFORDSHIRE: Fluid Studios Discuss Winning Gold at HDA16

Following the Hertfordshire Digital Awards on 23 September, we caught up with Baldock-based web designers Fluid Studios – who took home Gold for Use of Social Media for Business, and Bronze for Website:Lifestyle & Culture – to get their take on the evening and find out what winning means to them.

Could you tell us a little about your organisation?
Fluid Studios is a leading website design and development company based in Baldock. Over the last 12 years we have been refining and building our large online portfolio, with a huge variety of clients from sole traders to international corporations. You won’t get a normal website design experience from us, there are so many things that set us apart. We’re a small team of talented individuals with skills in both design and development. We have a massive focus on customer service so you can be sure of always getting a quick and friendly response. We’re bursting with so many ideas we’ve taken to drawing them on our studio walls, honest!

What made you get involved in the HDAs?
Being at the forefront of all things digital and technological is a huge part of our industry, so the Hertfordshire Digital Awards were an excellent opportunity to not only showcase some of our recent designs and development projects, but to also find out more about what the rest of Hertfordshire has to offer.

What does winning gold at the HDAs mean to your organisation?
Winning Gold for ‘use of social media for business’ means a great deal to us, we absolutely love all of our social media platforms, so are over the moon! We have made some great connections through social media and it is a tool that greatly helps to support our business development. Our Marketing Manager, Jessie Lansbury, has worked extremely hard over the last year to build up our social media accounts and help to improve our online presence. Our online brand in particular is something that we have put a lot of time in to, and as a website design company, it is something that is very important to us. We take great care to keep our content well branded and in-line with our brand guidelines. Over the past few years this has helped our posts be instantly recognisable and has greatly helped us build our online presence. Being recognised as being at the forefront of the social media industry in Hertfordshire is just amazing, and something that we are truly proud of.

Where will you be putting your award?
Our gold award will be going in pride of place in our reception area!

What was your most memorable moment from the HDA presentation evening?
There are far too many to choose from! We had an absolutely amazing evening, and it was so lovely to meet and catch up with all of the other finalists. We also loved the quiz – but were pipped to the post by table 5!

What’s the best thing about the Hertfordshire business community?
I think the best thing is the community spirit we have! There are so many instances of Hertfordshire based Businesses working with each other and supporting each other in a whole range of different projects. It’s also amazing to see how many Hertfordshire companies are digital advocates, and taking full advantage of all the digital services that are available to them!

You can find out more about Fluid Studios right here.

HERTFORDSHIRE: HDA16 Presentation Evening Report

THE online achievements of businesses, charities and schools across Hertfordshire have been celebrated at the second Hertfordshire Digital Awards.

Accolades across 15 categories including “Website”, “Blog” and “Use of Social Media for Business” were presented to deserving organisations at the University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, on September 22.

Compering the event was former BBC broadcaster Robin Bailey who presented Gold, Silver and Bronze prizes to a host of worthy winners.

Special guests included Tim Dunton, from the headline sponsor Nimbus Hosting, Tom Shurville of Associate Sponsor, Distinctly, Carole Luck from Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce, Ian Webber of Lexus Hatfield and James Selby from the Department for International Trade.

The Hertfordshire Digital Awards was set up in 2015 solely to showcase online work.

Bishops Stortford College saw double after scooping Gold in the flagship “Website” category and in “Website: School, Education or Charity”.

Also walking away with two top-placed accolades were Stevenage-based design agency Tutch Media who won Gold in “Website: B2B” for their work on behalf of Oakmont Construction and in the “Website: Lifestyle & Culture” for Wildgoose.

Red Bullet landed the top Award in the “Website: Tourism & Hospitality” classification for its Visit Hertfordshire website design and Fluid Studios, from Baldock, won Gold in the “Use of Social Media for Business” area.

Online poetry and gift retailer Bespoke Verse, in Berkhamsted, made it a third double-haul by claiming Gold in the “Online Retailer” and “Website: Marketing & Creative” sections.

Leading the way in the “Blog” category was Deep Phat Digital and the plaudits went to Elstree studio Cincera in “Use of Video for Business”.

Watford retailer 1,000 Mile Sportswear by The Creative Clinic landed Gold in “Website: Sports & Entertainment”.

HDA16 was sponsored by Nimbus Hosting and Distinctly

It was also backed by the Mercury, Lexus Hatfield, Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce, the Department for International Trade and Capricorn Media.

Also victorious were Harpenden and Hitchin’s Lyndhurst Financial Management in “Responsive Website”, and Holiday Tots by Advanced Web Designs, in Hertford, for “Website: Small Business”.

There was also a ‘Spirit of Hertfordshire’ award which was handed to the film and TV centre Elstree Studios, the home of Star Wars and Strictly Come Dancing, who were commended for ‘going above and beyond the call of duty for the betterment and promotion of Hertfordshire’ through their digital work.

You can see a full list of the winners from HDA16 here

HERTFORDSHIRE: Going For Gold In 1 Month

Excitement is building ahead of the Hertfordshire Digital Awards, which takes place in one month today.

Following the stunning performance by Team GB in Rio, businesses, charities and schools from across Hertfordshire will be going for Gold themselves at HDA16 following a record number of entries.

Competition is fierce across the 13 categories including the “Website” which will presented by Headline Sponsor Nimbus Hosting on the night.

Associate Sponsor Distinctly will be on hand to present to the winners of the “Online Retailer” category at the Presentation Evening which is at the University of Hertfordshire on September 22.

Gold, silver and bronze awards will be won in each category and Hertfordshire Mercury will not miss a second of the event.

Also backing the Awards are Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce and the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

Supporters of the scheme include the Department for International Trade and Capricorn Media.

Tickets are available now for a limited period, with a special discount offer on tables of 10. Visit the Hertfordshire Digital Awards page to apply.




HERTFORDSHIRE: HDA16 Finalists Announced

The finalists of the Hertfordshire Digital Awards 2016 have been announced and the Presentation Evening tickets are now available.

The remaining contenders in each of the categories are now in with a chance of clinching Gold, Silver and Bronze prizes at the winners’ ceremony on September 22 at the University of Hertfordshire, in Hatfield.

Tickets are on sale now and are expected to shift quickly following last year, which was deemed a “big success”.

HDA organisers claim this year’s event will be even “bigger and better”, with networking and entertainment lined up alongside the awards presentation.

Robin Bailey, chair of the HDA16 Judging Panel and host of the event said: “HDA16 will be a landmark event in the county’s awards scene and we’re looking forward to meeting the many forward-thinking organisations at the Presentation Evening.”

The Hertfordshire Digital Awards 2016 Presentation Evening will include an arrival drink, two-course meal and a complimentary third of a bottle of wine person.

The event will be hosted by the former BBC presenter Robin Bailey.

Tickets are priced at £59.95 + VAT with a special 10% discount on tables for ten. To purchase tickets click here.

The HDAs are being supported by Nimbus Hosting (Headline Sponsor), Distinctly (Associate Sponsor), Hertfordshire Mercury (Media Partner), Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (Key Supporter), Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce (Key Supporter), Department for International Trade (Supporter) and Capricorn Media (Supporter).

The HDAs are the first and only scheme within the county to celebrate the online achievements of businesses, schools and charities.

HDA16 – The Finalists


Deep Phat Digital
Laydey Katabella
Mercer & Hole
Muddy Stilettos Hertfordshire
Mummy’s Happiness
Murder Of Goths
Vivacious Mum


1000 Mile Sportswear by The Creative Clinic
Bespoke Verse
FB Chain
Tempdent by Netrix
Very English


Lyndhurst Financial Management
Premiere Velocity
Proceed by Shaun Power Design
Royal Connaught Park by Fresh Lemon
VisitBritain by Zoocha
Wildgoose by Tutch Media
WMT Chartered Accountants by Creative Digital Agency


Fluid Studios
Heritage Brides
Lawsons by Innermedia
The Giving Machine by Cariad Marketing
The Horse Diva
The Wenta Group


Akademia by Asset TV
DDS Media
EE ‘Wifi Calling’ by Smoking Rocket
GP Cars by Angela Makepeace Motion Graphics Studio
Link Digital
Wenta Business Centres


Bishop’s Stortford College
Community Health Partnerships by Fresh Lemon
Morgan Davies Bridal by Shaun Power Design
Visit Hertfordshire by Red Bullet
White Hart Developments by Fresh Lemon


Asset TV
Chandler Garvey by Hoot Digital
Independent Buying Consortium by Professional IMPACT Design
Network Auctions by Aubergine
Oakmont Construction by Tutch Media
Proceed by Shaun Power Design
WMT Chartered Accountants by Creative Digital Agency


Daro by Outstanding Digital
Gorilla Warfare by Fluid Studios
High Living Barnet
Matrix Kitchens by Fluid Studios
Nicholas Anthony by Tutch Media
Skin to Love Clinic by Cariad Marketing
Wildgoose by Tutch Media


155 Creative
Bespoke Verse
City Creative by Link Digital
Gentle Giant Design
Joanna Scott Illustration
Mode Print Solutions by Innermedia
The Digital Marketing Consultancy


Bishop’s Stortford College
Hertsmere Jewish Primary School by The Creative Clinic
Isabel Hospice
Muscle Help Foundation
The Giving Machine
The Onslow Trust
Waltham Forest Churches Night Shelter by Hoot Digital


Consilia Wealth Management by The Creative Clinic
Holiday Tots by Advanced Web Designs
Michael McGrath Management Services
RAG Conference 2016
The Foraging Fox by Rubber Cheese
Very English


1000 Mile Sportswear by The Creative Clinic
Cassiobury Tennis Club by The Lonely Pixel
FTA Sport by Link Digital
OnPoint Training by Advanced Web Designs
Renegade Gym by Absolute Creative
SFO Sports Centre
Train Like A Pro By Smoking Rocket


Coltsfoot by Absolute Creative
Freedom Australia by Link Digital
Holiday Tots by Advanced Web Designs
RAG Conference 2016
Visit Hertfordshire by Red Bullet
VisitBritain by Zoocha

HERTFORDSHIRE: 2 Weeks Left To Enter

There are just two weeks left to enter the Hertfordshire Digital Awards 2016.

Entries have flooded in for the 15 open categories, which include “Mobile App”, “Blog”, “Use of Video for Business” and “Website” since entry opened in March.

The last day entries for HDA16 can be received is JULY 22, at 5pm.

The scheme is open to businesses, from any industry, schools and charities from within the county border.

Designers based in Hertfordshire can submit work on behalf of a client outside of the county.

Entry is free and simple to complete.

Enter here.

The Headline Sponsor of HDA16 is Nimbus Hosting and Associate Sponsor is Distinctly

Media Partner for the scheme is Hertfordshire Mercury and the Key Supporters are Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce and Hertfordshire LEP.

The Presentation Evening will take place on September 22 at he University of Hertfordshire, in Hatfield.


HERTFORDSHIRE: HDA2015 – Winners Announced!

THE best of the county’s digital talent assembled for the first Hertfordshire Digital Awards Presentation Evening last night.

Prizes across a range of categories were presented to businesses, schools and charities from across the county for their online achievements.

It is the first time an awards scheme within Hertfordshire has been dedicated to digital work.
Hosting the event was former BBC journalist Robin Bailey who presented Gold, Silver and Bronze prizes with the help of special guests including Toby Feldman from main sponsor iThinkMedia, Hertfordshire Mercury Senior Editor, Julie Palmer, Lucy Gravatt of the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, and Sheldon Skeggs from Associate Sponsor Suit Recruit.

HDA2015 was also supported by Capricorn Media, Clare Reeves Voiceovers, Noise PR and designsixtyfour.com



Labrums Solicitors

Deep Phat

Holiday Tots

Website: Marketing & Creative

Flow Ink Digital

Shaun Power Design

Mahon Digital Marketing

Mobile App

ostom-i by 11Health

Hertfordshire Police

Insomnia Music Management

Online Business




Online Marketing Campaign

SEC Group by Cariad Marketing

The Caviar Club by Mahon Digital Marketing

Kristall Spaces by Flow Ink Digital

Responsive Website

Labrums Solicitors

GMB Trade Union by Netrix

EasyCruit by CampaignWorks

Website: School, Education or Charity

London Hairdressing Apprenticeship Academy by Absolute Creative

Southbank International School by Innermedia

The Rooprai Spinal Trust

Small Business Website

The Lonely Pixel

Maison Paul Bistro by Professional Impact Design

Hawk & Chadwick

Website: Sports & Entertainment

SFO Sports Centre


Soundview Studios by Joph Broadcast Graphics

Website: Tourism & Hospitality

Maison Paul Bistro by Professional Impact Design

The Victoria Hitchin

Very English

Use Of Social Media For Business


Cariad Marketing

Top Talent Agency

Use Of Video For Business


Tommy & Lottie


Spirit of Hertfordshire

Slam Dunk Festival


EasyCruit by CampaignWorks

The Charity Clothing Company

Holiday Tots

HERTFORDSHIRE: Award-Winning Comic Booked For HDA2015

SURPRISE! An award-winning stand-up comedian has been added to the bill at the Hertfordshire Digital Awards.

Belly laughs are guaranteed at the HDA Presentation Evening, following the booking of Matthew Osborn, who has shared the stage with the likes of Al Murray and Harry Hill, since bursting onto the scene in 2002.

The funny-man – who was named “Chortle’s Best Newcomer” in 2003 and “English Comedian of the Year” in 2009 – will perform a set at the Holiday Inn, Stevenage, on September 24.

Most recently Osborn enjoyed great success at the Edinburgh Fringe with his self-penned play “Shopping Centre”.

HERTFORDSHIRE: HDA Guests Offered Free SEO Advice

Guests at the Hertfordshire Digital Awards are being offered FREE consultations with one of the country’s leading SEO companies on the night.

All finalists attending the Presentation Evening at the Holiday Inn, Stevenage, on September 24 are being offered a complimentary one-to-one session with iThink Media.

The Hertford-based SEO firm – which counts eBay, WWE and Mothercare among it’s exclusive roster of clients – provides a range of SEO and ‘paid search’ (PPC) services.

Iain Johnson, from Premio64, the organisation behind the Awards, said: “If you are inquisitive or even deadly serious about how you can improve your internet search results then it is definitely worth taking up a free consultation with iThinkMedia”.

The free appointments – which could last around five minutes will take place during the arrival drinks reception, which beings at 7pm.

Spaces are limited, offered on a first-booked-first-served basis and will take place in the foyer adjacent to the Hertfordshire Suite.

Delegates wishing to book a time slot should email [email protected]